Salute
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This award-winning film recounts the role of a white man in a defining moment of the American civil rights movement: the 1968 Black Power Salute. When Tommie Smith & John Carlos raised their fists on the victory dais following the Olympic 200 metre final in Mexico City the repercussions were immediate. They were banished from the US olympic team and were subject to abuse and death threats on their return home. The third man on the dais had a similar experience, Australian silver medalist Peter Norman, who as punishment for his support of Smith and Carlos was reprimanded by the authorities and… More
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"An affectionate and affecting tribute."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The IOC furthers its reputation for frigid pomposity in Matt Norman's documentary about black-power-saluting athletes."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"A comprehensive, well-structured deconstruction of an important socio-political moment."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"This wonderful humanitarian story -- especially relevant on the eve of the Beijing Olympics -- deserves to be told and it's a bit of a surprise it hasn't been told before, while Peter Norman was still alive."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The film makes excellent use of archival footage and has a heartwarming, spirited atmosphere, but also tends toward repetitiveness."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"A moving and worthwhile tale."
‑ Ashley Clark, Little White Lies
"A powerful and poignant theme, but Salute would perhaps have worked better as a TV documentary."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"On one level, it is a story of real idealism, the youthful sort that the Olympics are supposed to be about; on another, it's about the corruption and betrayal of those ideals in the way the Olympics are actually run."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Powerful stuff, remembering what happened afterwards in America and Australia and also that dozens of Mexican protesters were killed by the police at the time."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Fascinating, well constructed and extremely moving."
‑ Jennifer Tate, ViewLondon
"A valuable reminder of how athletes can take a courageous stand."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"This wonderful humanitarian story -- especially relevant on the eve of the Beijing Olympics -- deserves to be told and it's a bit of a surprise it hasn't been told before, while Peter Norman was still alive."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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